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What is a Police Clearance?
A National Police Clearance essentially certifies that the holder has no criminal or any otherwise derogatory record based on the Philippine National Police (PNP) database. The document is often among the pre-employment requirements applicants are required to submit.
In some cases, such as in applications for credit cards and National Bureau of Investigation clearance, it is honored as a valid ID.
However, this does not apply when it comes to COMELEC voter’s registration and Department of Foreign Affairs passport renewal/application.
The document is valid for six months upon issuance.
Police Clearance Requirements
To apply for a police clearance, you need to present two valid IDs. These can be any of the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Driver’s License
- SSS ID/UMID
- TIN ID
- Voter’s ID
- School ID (with registration form)
- PRC ID
- Postal ID
- Senior Citizen ID
- OFW ID
- GSIS ID
- PhilHealth ID
- Alien Certificate of Registration
The two IDs presented should:
- Original (not photocopied)
- Not be expired
- Bears the applicant’s complete name, clear photo, and signature
Note: If you only have one valid ID, you can present this along with a certified true copy of your birth certificate (with original official receipt).
The police clearance fee is P160.
How to Apply for a Police Clearance Online
In August of 2018, the PNP launched the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) – an online service that allows Filipinos nationwide to secure a police clearance in just 10 minutes.
However, applicants will still have to make a personal at a police station to register their biometrics.
Here’s how to go about applying online:
Step 1: Register for an online account
Visit PNPClearance.ph. If you’re a first-time applicant, click the “Register” button and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Click on the “Next” button until you reach the last page where the “Agree” button is.
Input all the required information in the “New Applicant Registration” box. Once you check the “Terms and Conditions” box, click the “Register” button.
You’ll then receive a confirmation email from the NPCS. If you can’t find the email in your inbox, check your spam folder.
The email will contain a link to verify your account. When you click the verification link, you’ll be taken to the log-in page of the NPCS website.
Step 2: Set an appointment
Sign in to your account using your registered email address. It’s important to note that before you can set an appointment, you need to edit your profile first.
To do this, you’ll need to click the “Edit Profile” button and accomplish the online form. When you’re done, click the “Save Profile” button.
Then, click the “Clearance Application” button and select the police station closest to you. Then, choose from the list of available schedules and click “Next.”
Click the “Land Bank of the Philippines” button, then “Save Appointment.”
This will show you the payment details. Take note of the reference number provided as this will be used for the police clearance fee payment.
Step 3: Pay for the Police Clearance
Click the “Pay to LANDBANK” button. This will take you to the LBP ePayment Portal.
You can pay the fee using your Landbank, GCash, or BancNet account.
Step 4: Go to your selected police station
On your scheduled appointment, you’ll need to bring your two valid IDs, reference number, and official receipt of your police clearance payment.
Once there, you’ll have your biometrics captured, along with your photo, fingerprints, and digital signature. Then, you’ll need to wait a few minutes as the police officer verifies your records on the PNP database.
Should your name get a hit, you’ll need to undergo another verification process. Once you get through that, you can claim your police clearance.
Philippine National Police Clearance FAQs
How soon do I need to pay the police clearance fee?
You need to pay the fee within two banking days. Otherwise, your transaction will be canceled.
If I already paid and want to cancel my transaction, can I get a refund?
What happens if I can’t make it on my appointment date?
You’ll need to schedule and pay again as both the appointment and the payment are forfeited.
What if there are errors on the document?
You’ll need to correct your data on the website and go through the application process again so be mindful of the information you provide.